Rafael Nadal set to tie the knot with long-term girlfriend this weekend
19-time Grand Slam winner and World no. 2, Rafael Nadal is set to marry his childhood sweetheart, Xisca Perello on Saturday, October 19th in one of Spain’s ‘most expensive property’ in Majorca. Rafa revealed in January that he was engaged to his long-term girlfriend Mery following a 14-year courtship and according to reports from HOLA! the Spanish athlete proposed to Perello in May of 2018 during a romantic trip to Rome. The couple however decided to keep the happy news private for the first eight months of their engagement.
The wedding is set to take place at La Fortaleza, the idyllic, and hugely popular wedding venue owned by Conservative party donor Lord Lupton – which is where footballer Gareth Bale tied the knot earlier this year. No expenses will be spared with the guest list boasting retired tennis player Carlos Moya and Juan Carlos I of Spain, who is expected to arrive by helicopter. Popular Majorcan chef Macarena de Castro, who will be whetting the appetite of the star-studded crowd at the reception. Nadal has been spotted around the wedding venue this week as preparations go into over drive for the big day.
Perello, born Maria Francisca Perello, is an insurance worker and business graduate. The brunette beauty also serves as a project director for the Rafa Nadal Foundation, the charity he founded almost ten years ago.
Nadal has made no secret of his desire to have children, saying he is a ‘family guy’ and is looking forward to having his own brood in the not too distant future. But the dedicated sportsman admitted his tennis career has made it difficult to think about starting a family until now. He said: ‘I would love to have children, boys, girls. I’m a person who loves kids and I’m a family guy.’